Met warns of de­struc­tive winds over the week­end

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means is that mois­ture has started en­ter­ing the coun­try,” said Mr Zinyemba.

He said moist air moved into Zim­babwe from Botswana and South Africa as fore­cast, bring­ing in cloudy and rainy weather ini­tially in all Mata­bele­land prov­inces and cov­er­ing the en­tire coun­try by Oc­to­ber 3.

“Dur­ing the week­end, rain­fall amounts were gen­er­ally light but there were pock­ets where sig­nif­i­cant amounts were mea­sured at some of our me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal sta­tions.”

Man­i­ca­land Prov­ince recorded the high­est amount of rain­fall on Sun­day, with Rusape hav­ing re­ceived 30 mil­lime­tres. Other places within the prov­ince also recorded over 20 mil­lime­tres of rain­fall.

In Bu­l­awayo, the Goetz Ob­ser­va­tory recorded eight mil­lime­tres on Sun­day while in Mata­bele­land South, Beit­bridge re­ceived the high­est amount of 15 mil­lime­tres on Satur­day, with Mato­pos record­ing only four mil­lime­tres on Sun­day.

The Mid­lands Prov­ince also re­ceived some rains with Gweru hav­ing recorded 10 mil­lime­tres on Satur­day and Mako­holi in Masvingo Prov­ince record­ing 11 mil­lime­tres.

Most parts of Mashona­land East re­ceived be­tween five and eight mil­lime­tres while in Mata­bele­land North, Tsholot­sho had the high­est amount of rain­fall of three mil­lime­tres on Sun­day. Mashona­land Cen­tral ex­pe­ri­enced some lit­tle traces of rain.

The MSD ex­pected the weather as from Tues­day to Thurs­day to be cloudy, cool, windy and driz­zly con­di­tions to con­tinue in the south­ern half of Zim­babwe but the whole coun­try should be­come pro­gres­sively hot and less cloudy by the end of the pe­riod.

“An up­date will be is­sued if the sit­u­a­tion changes abruptly. This is be­cause the weather pat­terns are chang­ing rapidly as the tran­si­tion from win­ter to sum­mer is very short,” he said. — @win­nie_­masara

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